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How we conducted rare disease patient research during the COVID-19 lockdown in China

How we conducted rare disease patient research during the COVID-19 lockdown in China

Our client needed to conduct a small number of qualitative interviews in China with patients diagnosed with a rare condition which affects children and young adults. The results of the survey were time critical as they were needed to inform a protocol being published in 30 working days. We faced two key challenges, firstly to find, screen and recruit diagnosed patients with a prevalence of 0.9 per 100,000 and secondly to achieve this during the restrictions of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
 

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How we used online bulletin boards and an advisory board to help our client understand the dynamics of the payer environment

How we used online bulletin boards and an advisory board to help our client understand the dynamics of the payer environment

Our client had a product for the treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding in patients with Haemophilia A. Although the market had been stable, it was expected to change somewhat significantly as new products were due to be launched.

These new products would focus on the prophylaxis market and were expected to have better clinical and economic outcomes. There were opportunities and challenges for our client as the market was already competitive with many products already available. They needed to leverage the key value messages for their product to capitalise on the opportunities. As such, they needed to understand the dynamics of the payer environment and required competitor analysis to develop their communication strategy.

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How an online market research community delivered fresh insights into a small and hard-to-reach audience

Often a short research study isn’t sufficient to get the level of insights and understanding that you require, especially when working with a hard to reach target audience. 

Our client needed to research an extremely small and difficult to reach audience in multiple markets across the globe in support of their new product in development. In addition to gaining a deeper market understanding, the client wanted to obtain qualitative and quantitative insights into topical questions as they arose. 
We created a market research online community platform for the client to be run across multiple markets for a year.

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How we helped determine the next groundbreaking development in a hard-to-treat respiratory disease

How we helped determine the next groundbreaking development in a hard-to-treat respiratory disease

Our client wanted to understand the current management in a complex therapy area, as treatment regimens require a combination of multiple drugs. Furthermore, the disease is most prevalent in emerging, hard-to-access markets. Understanding of drugs and treatment regimen preferences were required to help gauge likely success of the client’s new formulation in development, which would be part of a new regimen paradigm. As well as understanding current preferences and reactions to the new drug and regimen, the research needed to test several potential outcomes for the new formulation and assess performance against future new regimens likely to be available at the time of launch.

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How we used WhatsApp and projective exercises to capture deep emotional insights into people living with HIV in South Africa

How we used WhatsApp and projective exercises to capture deep emotional insights into people living with HIV in South Africa

Our client wanted to identify and profile different segments of people living with HIV in order to understand key barriers and leverage points and ensure future engagement with their pharmaceutical portfolio. To achieve this, we needed to conduct an in-depth exploration of attitudes and behaviours of people living with HIV. However, stigma surrounding HIV in South Africa meant that respondents may have been unwilling to participate in a traditional interview. Even if they did, it was felt unlikely they would be open to direct questioning. We needed a different approach if we wanted to build a complete picture of life with HIV for our client.

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